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Lung Cancer

General Information

Care for lung cancer that's just for you

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in Indiana. At Goshen Center for Cancer Care, we recognize the need for effective lung cancer treatment. That’s why we provide leading-edge treatment options paired with integrative therapies and supportive services that take care of your whole self.

We treat all types of lung cancer including:

  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Small cell lung cancer
  • Carcinoid lung cancer – Carcinoid tumors of the lung

Understanding lung cancer causes and risk factors

Though anyone can get lung cancer, people who smoke are at a much higher risk of developing it. Your risk increases the longer and more you smoke.

Other risk factors include family history of lung cancer and exposure to secondhand smoke, radon gas, asbestos and other harmful chemicals and materials.

Are you at a high risk of lung cancer? Have you noticed symptoms? A screening can help catch lung cancer early, which generally leads to a more effective treatment and outcome. To lower your risk, kick your smoking habit with the help of Goshen Health’s cessation program.

Comprehensive lung cancer treatment

Of the surgical cases Goshen Center for Cancer Care treats, the majority are treated through minimally invasive procedures. When you come to us, quality of life is part of your initial treatment plan. Our integrated team of oncologists, naturopathic providers and mind-body counselors consider all aspects of your life, not just cancer.

We offer these traditional lung cancer treatments together with integrative therapies:

Whether you have an advanced stage or rare type of lung cancer, we are here to give you hope and the exceptional level of care you deserve.

Stages

Understanding lung cancer stages and your treatment options

Lung cancer is staged to determine the best treatment and your prognosis. The stage depends on the tumor size, how deeply it has grown into the lung and whether cancer has spread to your lymph nodes or other organs.

At every stage of lung cancer, Goshen Center for Cancer Care addresses your complete well-being with leading-edge treatments, integrative therapies and a supportive network. If you need a second opinion or a team of experts to treat your lung cancer, request an appointment or call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) to talk with our oncology information specialists.

What are the stages of lung cancer?

  • Stage 1 - Cancer has grown in the lung tissue but remains in the lungs. Surgery is our standard treatment, but radiation is another option for stage 1 lung cancer.
  • Stage 2 - Stage 2 lung cancer means that the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes. It’s treated with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
  • Stage 3 - This stage may be referred to as locally advanced disease. This means the cancer may be in the lymph nodes throughout the chest or nearby tissues but hasn’t spread to distant body sites. We combine surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to treat stage 3 lung cancer.
  • Stage 4 - Stage 4 lung cancer is widespread and affects distant body sites. Our team may consider surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapies and immunotherapy. A cure may not be possible at this stage. Our goal is to relieve symptoms, control the cancer and prolong your life.

Early Symptoms

How to detect lung cancer symptoms early

The most common type of lung cancer, is non-small lung cancer. This type tends to grow and spread slowly. As is the case for many cancers, it’s likely you won’t notice symptoms until the lung cancer is in an advanced stage.

When you do feel symptoms of lung cancer, they may include:

  • Chest pain that worsens with coughing, deep breathing or laughing
  • A new, persistent cough
  • Changes in a chronic cough
  • Coughing up blood or rust-colored mucus
  • Hoarse voice
  • Loss of appetite or unintentional weight loss
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath

Have you noticed these signs and symptoms? Goshen Center for Cancer Care can expertly diagnose and treat lung cancer symptoms. With a fully integrated team that’s experienced in treating advanced and rare types of lung cancer, you can rest assured that your care is in capable hands.

Request an appointment or call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) to talk with our oncology information specialists.

Getting a lung cancer diagnosis

In general, the earlier you diagnose cancer, the better the outcome of treatment. One of the most effective ways to catch lung cancer early is to have a screening. Talk to your doctor about getting a lung cancer screening, especially if you currently smoke, used to smoke or have other risk factors.

If you go to your doctor with a chronic cough or additional signs of lung cancer, he or she will talk to you about your medical history, perform a physical exam and run some tests.

Diagnosing lung cancer may include:

  • Biopsy to test a tissue sample
  • Imaging exams, such as a CT scan, MRI or chest X-ray
  • Bronchoscopy to examine the inside of your airways
  • Thoracentesis to check the fluid from around your lungs
  • Sputum cytology to look at a mucus sample

What are my next steps?

If you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer, Goshen Center for Cancer Care has everything you need. With our leading-edge treatment options, integrative therapies and a supportive network, we care for your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Our oncologists, naturopathic physicians and mind-body counselors create a treatment plan that strives to maintain your highest possible quality of life. That’s because we see you as a person, not just a person with cancer.

Whether you are looking for an expert treatment team or a second opinion, we can help. Call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) today.

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